Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Asparagales

Agavaceae - Sisal family

Bailey, L.H. (1949) Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York.

Lock, J.M. (2008) Agavaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(1)

Walters, S.M. et al. (eds) (1986) The European Garden Flora. Vol. I. Pteridophyta, Gymnospermae, Angiospermae-Monocotyledons (Part I). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Description of the family

Monocarpic or perennial plants. Stems short or 0, sometimes trunk-like. Leaves large, borne in rosettes, often succulent, usually hard, leathery and spine-tipped. Inflorescence a large spike or panicle. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic; perianth segments 6, united for most of their length. Stamens 6. Ovary inferior, 3-locular. Fruit a capsule. Seeds numerous, flattened, black.

Worldwide: 13 genera and 210 species, tropical and warm zones, especially arid America.

Mozambique: 1 cultivated genus and 1 cultivated taxon.

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Other sources of information about Agavaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Agavaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Agavaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Agavaceae
Flora of Zambia: Agavaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Agavaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Agavaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Agavaceae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Cultivated plants: Family page: Agavaceae.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/cult/family.php?family_id=2, retrieved 12 December 2017

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